Housework! Ugh, dreaded housework! It seems like there is always something to do, something that needs cleaned, something that needs washed, something that needs repaired. What’s worse is once you feel like you are getting a handle on things, you turn around and find the kids have gotten into something else. You feel like you are never going to get this house clean!
I’ve put together a list of 7 easy to follow daily habits to help you achieve a clean house. Try incorporating 1 or 2 of these each week. You’d be surprised how just taking a few minutes on a few tasks each day can help you get your house clean!
1. Wipe Down the Bathroom Sink Daily
This one is pretty simple. Keep a canister of cleaning wipes on the bathroom counter and then use one on the sink after getting ready in the morning. Doing this will help prevent the build up of toothpaste and other grime that seems to multiply every day.
Bonus: While you are at it, quickly wipe down the counters and the top of the toilet as well.
2. Empty Vacuum Canister After you Vacuum.
There is nothing I hate worse than going to vacuum and having to empty the canister before I can start! Get into the habit of emptying the canister each time AFTER you vacuum. This habit will make your weekly chores much easier mentally.
Have a vacuum that uses bags? Get into the habit of checking the bag each time you finish using the vacuum and change if needed.
3. A Load of Laundry Every Day
Laundry is my nemesis. There is always something to wash. There is always something to dry. And of course, there is always a HUGE pile to fold and put away. Get into the habit of doing a load every day. Put a load in the wash before work, stick it in the dryer when you get home and fold after dinner while on the couch watching TV. Use the commercials to put it away. Instead of focusing on ALL the laundry that needs done, focus on the one load.
Don’t have enough clothes for a full load? Are there sheets or bedding that could be washed? Throw blankets from the living room? You get the point. Forming the mindset of doing a load of laundry a day will help you stay on top of this chore.
4. Empty Dishwasher Every Morning
This goes without saying that you will also have to load and run the dishwasher every night. Thankfully for me this is a habit that my whole family is in. Because the dishwasher is emptied every morning, we are able to put our dirty dishes in it throughout the day. After dinner we add the soap and my husband starts the dishwasher just before bed. I will typically unload it as I am waiting for my morning coffee.
Since the kitchen is the hub of most households, keeping up on the dishes has the biggest impact on keeping your house clean. With no dirty dishes in the sink or on the counters you will be motivated to keep the rest of the kitchen clean, and that motivation could trickle down to the rest of the house.
5. Take the Time to Make the Bed
Making the bed is purely for your own mental health and how you see your house. Think about it, if you walk into your bedroom throughout the day seeing an untidy, slept in bed you are going to feel like your house is a mess. Even if the rest of your house is spotless.
Now think about how you feel when you walk into your bedroom and see a nicely made bed. Do you feel at ease? Happy? Like your house is on it’s way to being clean? Try taking 5 minutes everyday for the next couple weeks and see how it changes your attitude.
6. Touch Mail Once.
I’ll be the first to admit that I suffer from paper clutter. I swear papers multiply fast than rabbits! One trick that I have learned over the years is to only touch mail once. Junk mail doesn’t even make it into the house, it goes straight to the recycling bin. Bills get paid (or scheduled online) the day I get them. Bank statements and any other important papers get filed.
You can extend this mindset to the rest of the papers that come into your house. Notes from the kid’s school can be addressed immediately. Throw the grocery list away when you get home from a shopping trip. Think twice before printing that recipe (would it be easier to bookmark or pin it)? Each time you hold a piece of paper in your hand ask yourself if you truly need to keep it, and if you do, make sure to put it away.
7. Get the Family Involved.
I know this one is easier said then done! The key here is to focus on one task that you would like each individual to work on each day until it becomes habit for them. Have the kids pick up their toys before bed. Ask your significant other to help with doing a load of laundry every day. The most important part is to remember that, no matter the size, you are part of a family, and as such it is everyone’s job to help keep the house clean.
What habit or habits do you have that help you keep your house clean? Or which of the habits above have you incorporated into your daily routine? Please share in the comments below.